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Long Island updates for Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Representatives from PSEG Long Island are meeting with

Representatives from PSEG Long Island are meeting with East Hampton residents on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 to discuss opposition to the utility's plan to use oversized poles for its electrical transmission lines. (Photo credit: Mark Harrington)

Welcome to another chilly day on Long Island and to Newsday's Long Island Now live post for Wednesday, March 5, 2014.

We've wrapped up today's live coverage, but below you will find a rundown of the top stories Newsday has been following, along with top tweets from our reporters. 

Coming up tonight, we'll have live coverage of Suffolk County's annual State of the County address.


Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone will be delivering his annual State of the County message tonight at 7. Follow Newsday on Twitter (@Newsday) for live tweets throughout Bellone's address.


Representatives from PSEG Long Island met with East Hampton residents this afternoon to address concerns regarding the utility's plan to use oversized poles for electrical transmission lines. Newsday's Mark Harrington (@MHarringtonNews) was live-tweeting from the meeting. Scroll down or use the link above to view his Twitter updates. 


Although temperatures reached the high 30s today, considerably warmer than Monday and Tuesday, they will drop to as low as 16 degrees tonight. There is also a slight chance -- about 20 percent -- of snow showers before 11 p.m.


For the latest traffic accidents and Long Island Rail Road delays, visit


The Suffolk County Water Authority is reporting the following water main breaks.

EAST HAMPTON, Montauk Highway. Impacts approximately 33 residences.

WEST BABYLON, Forest Avenue. Impacts approximately two residents and one business.

Customers in affected areas could experience no water service, low water pressure or discolored water as crews shutdown service and make repairs.


ABRAHAMS RUNNING FOR CONGRESS. As expected, Nassau County Legislative Minority Leader Kevan Abrahams, a Democrat from Freeport, announced today his candidacy for Congress. Abrahams will have to face off against fellow Democrat Nassau District Attorney Kathleen Rice, who is also vying for the 4th Congressional District seat that has been held by Rep. Carolyn McCarthy since 1997.

ARRAIGNMENT IN BABY KILLING. Santos Elena Ruiz Solano of Central Islip, a housekeeper accused of killing her newborn girl after delivering the baby inside her employer's West Islip home, was in court in Riverhead today. Find out what happened here:

RAYMOND ROTH TRIAL. Raymond Roth, the Massapequa man who pleaded guilty to fourth-degree conspiracy after faking his own death in an attempt to collect insurance money, was also in court today for an unrelated case. Roth is on trial for attempted kidnapping. Police said he pretended to be a police officer and ordered a woman to get into his car or face arrest. While Roth awaits sentencing for the conspiracy case, his son, Jonathan, 23, was sentenced Tuesday to a year in jail for his role in his dad's disappearance.

SANDY RALLY.  Members of the grassroots group "Sandy Victims Fighting FEMA" rally are expected to rally this evening outside the Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building in Mineola. 

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